Reimagining the Dormitory Complex
As educational methods have evolved over the years, so too must our boarding school spaces. Where once teachers stood at the front of the class lecturing to students sitting at rows of desks, teaching and learning these days has become much more collaborative, with classmates often sitting together at large tables or in smaller pods. Similarly, dormitories today now need more than isolated dorm rooms; they need collaborative spaces for students to gather, bond, and build community. Indeed, a boarding school must pride itself on its residential spaces. For students living away from home, acceptance and comfort are key.
A signature feature of a reimagined Arden/Diman/Eccles complex will be its central core beneath the historic clock tower. In its new life, Diman Hall will mainly consist of community gathering spaces open to all students — boys and girls, boarding and day — throughout the day and evening. From class-project meetings to exam study sessions to game nights, we envision these common spaces as supporting both the academic and social needs of our students.